September 20, 2017

ADT Supports the Initiation of a National Social Marketing Campaign to Defeat Leprosy

Aug 24, 2017 0

With the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Alliance Development Trust (ADT) and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, the ADT has pledged its support towards the ministry’s Anti-Leprosy Campaign. As a first step, the ADT will help the Anti-Leprosy Campaign initiate a national social marketing campaign on eradicating leprosy in Sri Lanka.   There have been approximately 2,000 cases of new leprosy infections reported annually during the past 2 decades. In response to this situation, the Ministry of Health’s Anti-Leprosy Campaign has developed a strategic plan for the period of 2016-2020. Following the success of ...

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ADT Enters into MoU with Ministry of Health

Jul 4, 2017 0

On 23 June 2017, the Alliance Development Trust (ADT) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of Sri Lanka. Mr. Mahesh De Mel, Director of the ADT signed the MoU with Mr. Janaka Sugathadasa, the Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. The overall goal is to strengthen government and community approaches to leprosy control and rehabilitation in order to break the transmission of leprosy in Sri Lanka, reduce leprosy-related disability and enable those affected by neglected tropical diseases to reach healing, dignity and improved quality of life. “I ...

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Combining Forces to Combat Leprosy

Jul 27, 2016 0

The Touch Anti-Leprosy Campaign of the Alliance Development Trust (ADT) recently launched  the second phase of its campaign. The team that worked with the Church in Sri Lanka to fight against the spread of leprosy and the societal stigma formed against Persons Affected by Leprosy (PALs) for 2 years, met with religious leaders of all faiths in order to learn other religious teachings on the importance of health and care for the sick. They gathered at Sanctuary House on 14 July 2016 to listen to the teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam as presented by teachers of these faiths. ...

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Touch Leprosy Conference – Mobilising a National Network to Combat the Myth and the Disease

Sep 30, 2014 0

For many years Persons with Leprosy have been ostracised by societies which abandon leprosy patients for the fear of contracting the disease. As the number of Sri Lankans detected with leprosy is on the rise, there is now a great need to raise awareness on leprosy and reduce the numbers, as well as, accept and reach out to those living with leprosy. Rev. Leo Sebastian who serves in Nuwara Eliya recently attended the Touch National Leprosy Conference which was conducted at the MAS Fabric Park in Thulhiriya from 8th to 10th September, 2014. He was among the 120 who participated ...

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Touch Leprosy Project

Aug 27, 2014 0

In the year 2013, local media highlighted the rise in leprosy in Sri Lanka reporting a total of 2032 new patients affected by leprosy. It was further brought to light that 44% of the cases detected were from the Western Province. Statistics further state that 177 children detected with the disease were below the age of 15 and most of them were even deformed by it. According to the Leprosy Campaign in Sri Lanka, leprosy which is an infection caused by the micro-organism called Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis, is 100% curable and there is free treatment available in the country ...

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ADT Partners with The Leprosy Mission to Fight Leprosy in Sri Lanka

Jan 7, 2014 0

In the past, ADT worked towards supporting communities affected by leprosy with livelihood support. It has now translated it’s action into a more focused and concentrated effort to fight the spread and stigma attached to the disease. In the latter half of the year 2013, the Alliance Development Trust partnered with The Leprosy Mission to launch a systematic leprosy awareness education program. It is anticipated that this will create awareness around the country on the disease, it’s spread, treatment, commonly held misconceptions etc. ...

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